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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

CETA will come into provisional force once it has also been ratified on the Canadian sideEU-Canada trade pact approved by EU lawmakers 17 February 2017

The European Union’s controversial free trade agreement with Canada has been approved by the European Parliament, in a move that means the deal could apply provisionally from April 2017.

EU apparel makers join calls for industrial strategy 17 February 2017

A group of nearly 100 European trade associations, including those representing textile, apparel and footwear manufacturers, is calling on the EU to implement an ambitious industrial strategy to create more jobs and growth.

Sales at US clothing stores saw their largest rise in nearly a yearSales at US clothing retailers jumped in January 16 February 2017

The US economy got off to a strong start to the year, with almost every major US retail sector reporting higher sales in January, according to the latest government figures.

US retail CEOs talk to Trump about tax reform 16 February 2017

US President Donald Trump yesterday (15 February) told the chief executives of eight of America's largest retailers – including Gap Inc and Target Corp – that tax reform "is one of the best opportunities" to boost the nation’s economy.

Trump has said that he wants to speed up talks to either renegotiate or replace the NAFTA trade pactTrump talks of tweaking NAFTA trade with Canada 14 February 2017

President Donald Trump says he is looking at "tweaking" parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) pact with Canada, and that the focus of any changes would be on US trade with Mexico.

US importers fight back against border tax plans 14 February 2017

Controversial US proposals to tax all imports have mobilised some of America's largest retailers to head to Washington tomorrow (15 February), while the EU and other US trading partners are said to be planning a WTO challenge to the border tax plans.

Schoeller heated e-soft-shell material for sale by metre 13 February 2017

The latest wearable textile technology from functional fabrics and performance textile specialist Schoeller Textil AG is a durable, heatable e-soft-shell material that can be flexibly cut to size.

The first padding made from fiberballs has been launched by Freudenberg Performance MaterialsFiberball padding a new dimension in thermal insulation 10 February 2017

Freudenberg Performance Materials has taken thermal insulation one step further with the development of a continuous padding made from interconnected fibreballs for use in sports and outdoor jackets.

The Size NorthAmerica mobile measuring station will tour the United StatesNorth America size survey gets underway 10 February 2017

What is thought to be the most extensive body size and measurement survey across the United States and Canada is underway to help retailers and brands improve their current sizing strategies and gain new insight into the population’s changing body shapes.

UK fashion retail sales hit hard in dismal January 10 February 2017

The UK’s high street retailers have just experienced their worst January sales in four years, according to new figures, with fashion retailers hit the hardest.

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